2BDYNAMIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=2BDYNAMIC 2BDYNAMIC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Making Changes From the Inside Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6484269 Did you know we all have an 'internal image' of ourselves? .... Truth is we do. If you close your eyes you will see that self image without having to look in the mirror....:::The good news is if we do not like the present image, we have the power to change it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e0a1a87-d004-43af-8387-672aff0cb54e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once Spark Coach asked to imagine a friend calling and asking for help. They express they need to break away from so... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:59:41 EST McNuggets of Wisdom from a Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481656 Of course we know never to give up! ... We've got that down pat!...Check! <BR> Regardless of the dark clouds looming heavily against the blackened sky, with the cracking of thunder and lightening, hang on, for the storm will not last forever. (Right?) Lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ddf73e6-f679-4967-bfe4-a2dddb72b147.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...:::Hatch good ideas. Cackle with your friends. And don't let life ruffle your feathers. <BR> <BR> Like everything in l... Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:44:51 EST Please Help Save The Birds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479282 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea3b194d-04b9-4f9c-bbbc-80d53a260aa5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Birds and animals instinctively know they must have water in order to survive <BR> and they will go at great lengths to find it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e2053e3-9f86-4a31-b5f6-daeddd76effb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found this picture rather sad as they know the faucet is connected to life giving <BR> water, yet, they can't even get a drop. <BR> <BR> That's wh... Thu, 5 Apr 2018 07:25:58 EST Make Today Count Before it Becomes Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476622 Oh-who can slow the hands of time; no one for they just keep on ticking... And the pages to a calendar keep on turning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0be181d9-a400-4895-bc3f-381a605c0049.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You could say time is like a river. It stops for no one. It has a beginning and an end. Just like <BR> our life. Time moves swiftly. <BR> <BR> I remember once saying to my Aunt-teacher, on a Monday: "I sure wish it was the weekend." <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:59:09 EST The Power of TEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474358 I remember when i was a young girl, my Dad would take my brothers and me to the movies and give each of us a dime for popcorn...:: It was so exciting! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/602065c4-3293-41f0-aff5-67b90d454bfe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...:: What can Ten cents buy now? Not much. But there was a time, one thin dime <BR> had buying power. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4975a6e7-0565-430e-b2c0-3819a7770e12.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What if I t... Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:29:26 EST Work Smarter-Not Harder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472416 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de42f45e-e01f-4485-9a36-bfc94ecc1bd6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last week we talked about the importance of lists and did i ever love what each and every one of you had to say! ... Now for today, where do YOU fit when it comes to daily priorities? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27b9f623-0464-4a7a-b4fd-11e93413fe20.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you find your proverbial bucket list is now bulging with hopes and dreams, yet, when it ... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:43:48 EST Simple Goal Setting For Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470195 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/08ef2dfe-0329-4658-9714-16fa75ccecda.png"> <BR> <BR> There seems to be a strong correlation to success in reaching those 'small goals' for those who make a short list each day vs. not making a list or a Visual..:: I know for myself, if i get up and decide to 'wing it' so to speak, it would be like trying to bumble through the day without my glasses! ..(Not a good thing for the walls that i will bump into! lol) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 08:09:16 EST There Is Strength With Spark Peers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467467 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/75d4da3d-f383-46e7-9b50-49cd4d813ff3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We've always heard that, haven't we? ... But wait. What about the saying "There is an exception to every rule?" ... After all, Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. It's a compliment in action. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bac8029c-eeac-4425-a275-675cb3724fa7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pooh looked in the mirror and realized he had been eating too much honey a... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 07:28:50 EST The Last Thing You Want to Happen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465646 Just recently i came to a place i do not wish to return to again. Some of You may have visited there before and know what I'm talking about. <BR> <BR> If any of you have faced or know much about autoimmune disorders, such as: arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and AS, or Ankylosing Spondylitis, such as i have in my body, you know what happens is our bodies immune system attacks healthy tissue and joints, causing stiffness and pain. Left alone, this can and does lead to immobil... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:40:00 EST We Must Never Assume Anything! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464001 There is one thing I have learned lately it is: never assume that "someone ELSE" is going to handle something correctly.... Because they may or may not. And some are a matter of convenience while some can make the difference of life and death! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6dbbd5ed-7dae-4293-bf12-687872f48e9a.png"> <BR> <BR> As an example , I went to a grocery store to shop the sale items. <BR> As they were on sale, I bought a few packages of shrimp. I was... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:39:55 EST NO One Can Do What YOU Can Do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462583 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13ac1bc6-9831-4e52-b1b3-3015460575f1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ..:: A week ago, for the first time in five years or more, my husband's chest was hacked with an alien bug resulting in a terrible cold and relentless cough! ..:: I was glad to be able to take care of him and run the household. <BR> <BR> I got to thinking: What if i had neglected my own health over the years and said, "I wish i could fix you some chicken-noodle-soup and bring you oran... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:05:27 EST -What's Happening In Your Brain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460131 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6478fe70-ff72-43ce-8f5c-2b71b92ade96.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No doubt none of us want to be a scatter-brain wondering where we left our keys, canvassing an entire parking lot in search for where we parked our car. Nor would we consider stumbling around in the dark when we can flip a switch and turn the lights on. <BR> <BR> How do we connect that to our brains? . After all wouldn't it be nice to see what goes on in there? Well we can get a ... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 06:29:55 EST -Rise, Konker, 'n Shine!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457519 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b03e256b-7c92-4fd8-8b14-940b3ba8059f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At first glance when you rise in the morning and see your reflection, what are your first thoughts ? .. I tell myself i am NOT in a Horror movie and I have no idea of what happened to my hair in the night, except it looks like a road map! <BR> <BR> Let's be HONEST! That first impression just CAN'T be the last! LOL <BR> That's when i reach for the Miracles at hand... Makeup and mousse! ... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 06:45:48 EST Do You Have a Life Assurance Plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454916 "Don't you mean Life INSURANCE policy?," you ask. No, you heard right, it' IS Life 'ASSURANCE' and the policy is yours and mine if we will buy into it. .::: Truth is: we are buying into 'something' every day, so why not make it good? <BR> <BR> While certain conditions and illnesses or accidents occur, many ARE preventable. <BR> What we eat and what we do on a daily basis has a lot to do with our state of health and a forecast of <BR> things to come if we avoid the warnings and take heed t... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:27:28 EST What Is Your Vision? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452120 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dbc14581-c398-4268-9f67-0d2dca4d0fa8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Aren't you glad we don't have to pay a complete stranger to predict our future; to inform us what THEY Envision for OUR lives? ... <BR> <BR> The good news is you and i have an "Imprint" on our mind for health and fitness along with many other things .... What we do and say daily is in direct proportion to our 'internal' picture. When we commit to fitness and activity, then we SEE ourselv... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:35:18 EST Don't Let Your Commitments Grow Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448844 Ok ... Wasn't this the BEST week of the WHOLE year? ... LOL ... (little joke there) <BR> Kidding aside, why is it with the new year we start out excited, energetic, enthused, <BR> and optimistic! The way it should be with a fresh start. But what happens for many <BR> one-two weeks later? <BR> <BR> If only the new year came in springtime when the sun is shining and flowers are in bloom! and we have the great outdoors for our fitness playground... <em>126</em> :: In our dreams, right? <... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 07:30:47 EST tHeRe is hOpE for cOuCh PoTaToEs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415909 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d3ebc08-26cb-43cf-9d6d-953b4b993b63.gif"> <BR> <BR> Did you know if you shut down and slip into "Veg mode", soon you notice the budding of sprouts! ... Before you know it, you don't feel like doing much of anything! ...This is true Vegetation! ...The Risk factor is the longer one stays in Veg mode, they can be mistaken for a potato or a pear ... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9851455e-7af2-4271-9ad6-bbec2a3af7... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:44:39 EST Obstacles Do Not Win Over Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413088 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed0d3f4d-abbe-419c-a366-309dd4a47d62.gif"> <BR> <BR> I remember when I worked, how the same people, so predictable, would call in sick. You could bank on them calling on Monday or Friday. Same lame excuses: "I have a migraine." ..... 'I got food poisoning over the weekend." ....Never anything new. And it didn't seem to bother them that the rest of us would shoulder the burden on top of our own. <BR> <BR> I have been retired now for nine mo... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:13:41 EST Remember: Your Scale Can't Tell You Everything! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407786 I have come to the conclusion there are two times not to look down. <BR> One is if you are afraid of heights!...::: Don't Look down! .. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e1fb446-7990-4d38-b4c0-b6c5ae92721e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Second is: <BR> If you know you are doing everything you know to do but the scales refuse to budge ! Don't Look Down! <BR> Instead of facing morning discouragement after all your hard work, do what Sparks advises and STOP making them you... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 04:22:21 EST The Story I Tell is True ... So Help Me ......:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399666 My earliest childhood memories are of my parents drumming two things: Clean up your plate. After all, there are starving people in the world!" .....And my Dad: Eat those vegetables! They will put hair on your chest!" ..... Little children tend to believe every word their parents say, though I kept looking for hair to appear and it never did! It's hard to believe I was the kid who was constantly told, "Eat your peas!" .".."What's that you just snuck into your napkin!?" ....."Did you just sli... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:57:13 EST Life's Too Short Not to Live It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397356 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16007bde-799b-45d4-9879-395e51e38ba0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When Sunny gets blue her eyes get grey and cloudy .... <em>339</em> ... then the rains begin to fall ..Love is gone so what can matter?" ... Was a classic song first recorded by Johnnie Mathis in 1962. But living like Sunny in her blue mood is not for me! .. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b3835691-feba-4f08-a7e5-b02daa7b29c0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If I were asked... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 06:46:24 EST How to Turn a Pig-Sty Into a Palace: Using Spark Guy's Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392994 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e90fa79f-ee77-4b54-bf13-b9c850bb133d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Be it ever so humble, there's no place like your very own Pig-Sty. What makes it that way ... Clutter! No matter how you slice it, clutter multiplies! ... We buy, we clutter. and then we de-Clutter. If you are like me, when things are out of sorts-I am out of sorts. Hard to think. Where did I leave my keys......My purse .... my CAR. You know the feeling when you go to the grocery store an... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:00:09 EST -Nothing Smells Better Than Success!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390118 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f9990b1-32c2-4dbc-95b6-2b79899b535f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ah! For the sweet essence of success! Taste it ...smell it, swirl it and savor the robust flavor. <BR> Success comes in many forms. Have you ever thought about how we define or measure success? Do we postpone success until we actually "see" that magic number on the scale for instance, although progress is being made with milestones along the way. Do we wait for things to be 'perfect' be... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:54:29 EST iF wIShEs hAd WiNgS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386805 Ever wake up in the morning and wonder if your motivation flew off in the night? <BR> I know better because motivation is something I know we do have. Once I get to stirring, it will come alive just as before! Sometimes it seems motivation can be as illusive as a Butterfly. But as I remember my goals and commitments for the best of health my motivation rises to meet me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d7c218f-cd77-42d5-bbd7-4833b9622b89.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hard t... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:51:19 EST Confessions of a Child-Thrill-Seeker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384349 Yes It's true alright! I started my 'thrill-seeking' days early in life .... about the age of seven! .... Ok ...So it was just playing hide and seek in the dark with my brothers and the neighborhood kids. I hid so well no one could find me! .... And visiting our Grandparents on their farm in the Sierra Nevada's and sneaking into Grandma's attic when she strictly said "Do NOT GO INTO THE ATTIC while I go out to the henhouse!" .... <BR> <BR> .....Big Oops! .... What do ya know? ... Sure en... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 07:55:51 EST I Will Not Go Back To Neverland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381502 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6dc469db-2654-4d9d-a562-f062bf5d7b8c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Somehow I knew just how these poor chaps felt; crawling on the burning hot sand in search of that 'something' that would quench my hunger and thirst for a better way of life with health and fitness. ... Dry to the bone, and dehydrated with nothing more than my sweatband. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b5306d1-c726-42ed-b776-e4c856ad337d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Life ... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 07:03:15 EST I Traded My Sandcastle For a Spark Mansion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378623 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43130022-ab0d-4bb6-a999-41b5923d6c0f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sandcastles are both fun to build and to admire. <BR> But who can live in a house, made of sand. A single gust of wind, a careless <BR> passer-by or rains are sure to come and sweep away the moment of magic. <BR> <BR> The Sandcastle's I am referring to are often popular, advertised just like a Brand name of your favorite cereal. They range from the latest fad diet, infomercials presen... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:30:48 EST Don't Take 'NO' For An Answer! ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375804 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aa54513d-3821-4f9a-aa79-1d1ee97597a8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's best to keep your dreams under wraps. Don't always feel compelled to tell your game plan, lest someone tries to dissuade you. There will come a right time. <BR> <BR> It was summer time in the mid seventies. I announced I was going to be a Nurse. I remember the very moment the dream was conceived but had to hold onto it until the time was right. My children were five and ... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:26:14 EST Can This Cupcake Be Saved? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371992 Take me! I'm yours! .... I'm your bud! .... You used to love me! ... I am still just as sweet as ever! ... How can you resist me? ... I was always there to comfort you when you were down .... I lifted you up and made you smile! ..And you always came back for more!" .... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85a8d39a-590a-4685-ac12-1f4bec625f0f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "But now, they are saying bad things about me! .... 'throw him in the trash!' ....He's bad news! ....'He'll sa... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 08:08:46 EST The Pain of Perfectionism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371055 I have a question to ask of you. <BR> Do you take a moment to pause and reflect on all the good things you do; even " small accomplishments?" Do you tell yourself "good job" for hard work? <BR> Do you congratulate yourself for that non scale victory? <BR> When someone tells you how wonderful you look, do you secretly think 'they must have me confused with someone else?' <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe6497e2-ffab-49c7-960f-63d6b7a7dc5d.jpg"> <BR> <B... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 07:38:57 EST I'm Sending You a Box of Sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368420 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f1fa071-43df-4e96-9565-1d61e922b3d9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Does anyone anywhere just not like the sun? ..Know anyone who throws back the covers, opens the shades and says: "Oh NO .... SUNSHINE AGAIN!".... what happened to our gray skies?! ..... (not me) Nothing like a flood of warm rays to comfort and bring a natural mood lifter to the soul called sunshine. We talk about it, yearn for it, crave it, and shiver all winter longing to see the golden... Tue, 30 May 2017 07:10:38 EST Never Let a Day Slip By http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366357 Isn't it great we do not live in an existence like animals in wildlife, where in many parts of the world, they must always be on the alert for predators! ......Their wild kingdom desperately seeks water for survival for themselves and their young, but must prove smart and strong to avoid becoming a victim. For in this world, only the strong survive. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5dae3105-a256-46da-b822-563c1a54c2f7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In modern civilization, ... Thu, 25 May 2017 07:29:53 EST Papa's Got a New Bag!-In this case it's Mama! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365041 Woke up to a medley of songs going through my mind and could not find that 'peaceful easy feelin' the Eagles sang about ... Hmm .... the lyrics seemed to be missing the 'peaceful' part ..Allergies played a big hand and I just could not hide my swollen 'lyin eyes.' (more Eagles) <BR> <BR> Then came the righteous Brothers.... "You've lost that loving feeling " <BR> Had my bag packed and ready for the gym, as Onekidsmom always instructs ...But baby! Mama wasn't feeling it !....Papa needs... Mon, 22 May 2017 07:55:40 EST -Don't Let The Pretty Package Fool You- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362105 In your journey, did you even for a moment wonder why you had to work 'so hard' while some appear to have it 'made?' ..... Slender, obvious good metabolism, and who boasted of being her " high school weight", decades later. This was Beth. (fake name-but true story). <BR> <BR> We worked in the same facility. Beth was a 57 year old Xray tech. She rode her bike several miles every day to and from work, after a very physical day, had a gym membership that she used frequently and confessed to "... Mon, 15 May 2017 07:23:40 EST For Better or Worse: Keep The Honey In The Moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359161 This Question was asked on the community feed one morning. " I understand motivation is different for everyone BUT... what keeps you going after the motivation has worn off?" Valid question many ask at some time or another. <BR> <BR> Have you ever started something and been so passionate, so on fire, you felt you could almost explode? ..... But then, something seems to douse the fire and you find the once bright flame turns to a mere flicker as the days start to look the same... SOS ...... Mon, 8 May 2017 06:33:04 EST -The Accountability Factor- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356970 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bcce456a-9302-49c3-bcb1-02767d24bd40.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Interesting. Accountable even for what we do NOT do. <BR> But it makes sense. When we drive our car, we are accountable for driving safe and obeying the laws. When we take a job, we take responsibility for the job description and are accountable to the owner or management. And, what about our own health? <BR> <BR> Why Accountability? <BR> Perhaps the most important result of accountability... Wed, 3 May 2017 06:38:42 EST Name Your Price http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353197 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3ba4478-74a2-4068-b381-9075223333c8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If asked a "hypothetical" question: What price do you put on your self, based on your "present lifestyle," what might it be? $1 million, $5 million $10 million. Does the action we put forth with regularity correspond with the dollar value chosen? <em>528</em> Think about it; but {this is just a brain tease, so no need to answer} <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:40:19 EST This Dear Spark Member Says goodbye to her Father today .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352841 A man of honor who served our country well; has passed. May we remember him and offer condolences and words of comfort in the blog his Daughter shared. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352824 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/266838e3-7446-4e10-a4e6-d14df87e35d5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Her story very much touched me as I read this morning and wished to share. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:08:50 EST -If You Love Me-Prove It- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350977 Back when I was in high school, that was the shiny Lure selfish-immature boys used on their girlfriends. " If you love me, prove it" <BR> <BR> "Hey! How about I DON'T! ...SO HIT THE ROAD JACK!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e8ebbb4-4dad-4588-b2c8-20be43713d27.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That line is as old as tattered underwear and needs to be hung out to dry once and for all LOL!..( I hope no one uses that anymore ) <BR> <BR> Thankfully, I am not on trial having to... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:48:24 EST -This Gal Is In The Fight For Her Life!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349555 It looked like an ordinary day as I arrived at the gym. But in a flash, before my eyes, that changed. Suddenly the owner of the gym, a woman in her mid 50's walked in. I was stunned yet smiled when she looked at me and said, "Hi." I was on an elliptical machine and she got onto a rowing machine in front of me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/254e0fed-888f-465b-96a7-6a6a787cf394.jpg"> <BR> { this is not her; but a lady that consented } <BR> <BR> It was appare... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 06:13:27 EST -You Are A Lighthouse- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347372 A lighthouse is a thing of beauty and of great purpose. <BR> It is to guide many a weary sailor back to the safe harbor so no one is lost at sea. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf9d8775-cbd6-40da-9049-a480b9214f1f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you have an untold story? A message that offers hope and inspiration to the one drifting. Perhaps you, like a blog I read yesterday from one who discovered since joining sparks that she no longer craves or likes the kinds of fo... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:34:32 EST -Hold On Just a Moment!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344992 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbc2cf4d-0d7b-48e6-9bc8-4bac7cee26bc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ever had 'one of those' mornings where you step out on the wrong side of the bed? <BR> Even the coffee has lost it's magic. Yep. ...Out of sync and Out of sorts! <BR> grumble .... moan ... sigh ...yawn..... ugh ... and repeat five times... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f1c6102-1178-422d-b59a-80717fd3f28b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And when asked a simple question; y... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 07:17:29 EST Who Matters Most? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343518 When you get ready to go out in public, even when dressed comfortably and casual, do you present yourself attractively? .... Is it for yourself or what 'others' think .... even strangers? .... <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> Something occurred to me while I was starting my morning meditation. I got my DH off to work, spruced up the kitchen, and checked the dinner menu plan. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92321720-ed73-4fd8-8802-f20079603047.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Befor... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 06:43:58 EST -I'm Throwing In The Towel!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340591 Yep! You heard it .... straight from the horses' mouth! As in Done .... Finished! ... Caput! .... Enough already! ....Call me a Quitter if you will, but I am never coming back! .....(or is it going back?) <BR> <BR> Ok .... Hold everything! Betcha thought I was referring to sparks? .... Oh no! I love Sparks .... am onboard and along for the ride ... Here to stay! ..... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c7bfbb1-9a54-4e28-890a-9628e3efc860.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here'... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:21:17 EST -There is a Time That is Right- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337183 This is a right time for everything. <BR> For some it may be getting started or stepping it up. <BR> And for others, a time to slow down. <BR> Whatever place you are, make the wise decision that is right for you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d1896783-085c-4e1b-960d-739ea80d204b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since starting a new chapter of life, it is exciting since I retired 2.5 months ago! Life is good ... Love the reward of luxury and having time for things that interest... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:33:47 EST -Would You Like More Happy?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333266 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9a95bb2-8f21-46fb-b1c3-77a1db00bc00.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed when you are happy, you have to share it with someone? ....And no matter how small, giving something of yourself makes you even happier? <BR> <BR> This really occurred to me the other day at 5:00 a.m. I began making cookies so my DH could take to his co-workers. ...... He asked me, "What made you decide to make cookies At this hour?" And this is what I said. <BR>... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:03:10 EST -My Endorphins Are Jacked!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328594 Jacked to the max!! ....Like most of you, I make health and fitness Top Priority!... Sparks provides us with the best of tools, resources, and a community of support .... so what can we add to that .... . Who does not want the best life has to offer? I have found that having a tangible vision to those goals gives an additional boost and flood of endorphins! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7903d2da-7fc6-4cf2-ae7e-1e8db8b70295.png"> <BR> <BR> In a recent blog I... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 08:19:39 EST -Do Our Words Make Us Or Break Us? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322121 Something happened on an airplane last week that triggered a response in me. <BR> <BR> My husband and I were flying home from San Diego and seated next to us was a couple with a boy I'm guessing to be around 3 1/2-4.. The child could talk because I heard him, however, he chose to scream and shriek! The father was totally oblivious and put a headset on to drown out the noise! Peacefully, he gazed off in the distance... The boy continued to Howl .. Mother gazed out the window and ignored... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:13:29 EST -Celebrating My Five Years With Sparks ...And ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320246 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a59ead50-9521-46cb-b193-3182a1365740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First and foremost, I extend my gratitude to Sparks ... as I truly am enjoying health and fitness because of all they have done for me .... They have provided all the tools, a rich community, great professional coaches and more .... Also want to thank all who have sparked me in so many ways ... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2d4f480-93ea-43f3-8e40-62142de91b3e.p... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:50:14 EST -The Message is Simple- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313933 Will I ever 'get there' and be able to stop? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51d4d0a7-e7f6-4188-a4ba-9253c4464e11.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There may be moments you get tired ..maybe discouraged. <BR> When you do .... stop at the top of the stairs and look down ... <BR> Be glad for how far you have come. <BR> <BR> If you woke up today ... be happy you are alive. <BR> ........Keep going. <BR> If you are not fully satisfied yet, <BR> .......Keep going. <BR> If you reached g... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:29:11 EST